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🔎 Played for Both: Morecambe

Jed Penberthy takes a look at three to have played for City and Morecambe

25 January 2021

Exeter City look to build on Saturday’s victory with a home fixture against Derek Adam’s Morecambe.

Here are a few Ex-Grecians who have also sided with the Shrimps.

Manny Panther

  • Born: May 11, 1984
  • Position: Midfielder

Emmanuel Ugochukwu Ezenwa Panther, or Manny, was born in Glasgow and spent much of his early career north of the Border. The son of Boxer Cyril, Panther featured for St Johnstone, Partick Thistle and Brechin City before coming to England with York.

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After three years at Bootham Crescent Panther signed for City upon the Grecians return to the Football League in 2008 and made his debut against Shrewsbury. Manny was sent out on loan to Rushden and Diamond’s in a spell which see him pick up not one, but two red cards including against Devon rivals Torquay United.

Upon returning for City, Panther scored in a 1-1 draw against Morecambe. After City’s promotion to League One, Panther handed in a transfer request and joined the Shrimps on a season long loan, where he made 19 goalless appearances.

Manny Panther scored two goals in his three years at St James Park, albeit most of his time was spent on loan. Since Panther played for Aldershot and Kidderminster in a 200+ game playing career before retiring in 2012.

Darren Hughes

  • Born: October 6, 1965
  • Position: Defender

The Everton youngster had tasted success at the Merseyside club, winning the FA Youth Cup in 1984- but just failed to make the grade for the First Division Champions. Hughes was moved on to Shrewsbury in 1985.

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Ten years later and three clubs later, including 184 games for Port Vale, Hughes signed a deal at St James Park in November 1995, making his debut for the Grecians against Colchester United. After Peter Fox’s Exeter side narrowly avoided relegation in the 1996/97 season, Hughes departed for Lancashire.

He played ten games as he helped Jim Harvey's "Shrimpers" to a fifth-place finish in the Conference in 1997–98 before joining Newcastle Town.

Tom McCready

  • Born: June 7, 1991
  • Position: Midfielder

The most modern example of the two club’s player link, McCready joined City in February 2015.

The midfielder was previously on Morecambe’s books prior to his switch to SJP and played 45 minutes from the bench against the Grecians during City’s 2-0 away win in the 2014/15 season. 

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Tom had made eight appearances for the Shrimps, where his elder brother Chris had spent four years. On his move to Devon, he scored on his first start of the 2015/16 season, against Sunderland in the League Cup classic. Across the course of the campaign Tom struggled for consistency, but he did enough to extend his contract.  At City, McCready played 19 games scoring just that once.

Since his departure in 2017, Tom has found his feet back in non-league. Mac appeared at Fylde and Runcorn Linnets, but he’s found his home in North Wales where the 29-year-old now plies his trade at Colwyn Bay. 

There are a few other players who have featured for both City and Morecambe in their careers and these can be found on the Grecian Archive website. For now though we look forward to Tuesday evening’s clash where the current crop of Grecians and Shrimps will be going toe-to-toe in a bid for three more crucial points.


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